Chamblee, GA, June 10, 2017 – by Emily Morris for The Post – Mornings in Downtown Chamblee have a new perk! On June 5th, 2017 Moonbird Coffee opened at Southbound restaurant and bar at the corner of Peachtree Road and American Industrial Way. Moonbird Coffee, owned by Kacee Hayes, features coffee brewed with beans from local distributor CoffeeM in Lawrenceville. Open from 7:00 to 11:00, Moonbird Coffee offers Chamblee residents a place to indulge before work and support a local source.
I tried the cappuccino, my favorite morning staple, made with Havana espresso sourced from CoffeeM, and enjoyed the robust flavor. For a taste, I sampled the Moonbird Blend, a dark roast Sumatra. In addition to the extensive coffee menu, Moonbird also serves five teas from Downtown Chamblee teahouse Zen Tea, including the ever-popular matcha and iced berry tea for the summer, and hot chocolate. The pastries, artfully displayed within a glass dome, come from the bakery at local restaurant Alon’s Eatery as well as Twisted Pastry, and I enjoyed a carrot raisin muffin.
Hayes, who graduated with a Master’s in Social Work, found work at a coffee shop when the economy tanked. She enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to start her own business and Moonbird Coffee was born, named after a fictional creature in Shel Silverstein’s poem “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” Hayes found a home for Moonbird Coffee at Southbound, the downtown bar and restaurant owned by Mike Plummer. Plummer is passionate about both supporting local business and providing historic downtown Chamblee with a coffee shop environment similar to those he visited on the West Coast. I foresee the new business serving as a space for community bonding and networking.
Southbound has an interesting story in and of itself. Plummer opened the restaurant three years ago, and chose the name Southbound after his favorite song by The Allman Brothers Band. His vision for the business aligns with his personal tastes and beliefs. Plummer refers to the cuisine at Southbound as “creative southern comfort food,” with an emphasis on locally made, organic and fair-trade fare. Located within an original two-story nineteenth-century brick general store, it retains a rustic charm through Plummer’s oversite. The floorboards come from the reclaimed wood of a barn in Kentucky, and the bar top is comprised of poured cement from Plummer’s concrete business, USA Concrete, Brick & Stone. Unusual and antique touches add aesthetic interest throughout the establishment such as the kettle light fixtures that Plummer, an avid antiquer, purchased at Atlanta’s Scott’s Antique Markets.
The large upper room at Southbound offers an event space. On Thursday nights, customers can enjoy live music upstairs and sit at the diverse array of antique tables and chairs. This Friday night, June 9th, blues band The Breeze Kings will provide entertainment. On Wednesday nights Jason Steele spins a variety of vinyl records downstairs.
Next time you feel the need for caffeine and comradery, as well as flavorful coffee from a Chamblee business, come to Moonbird Coffee at Southbound in the morning and return for the musical entertainment and innovative twists on southern cuisine in the evening.